At 4/6/11 09:57 AM, FUNKbrs wrote:
Sorry, just got to kick the fire a little bit here...
You guys do know that petroleum is a known carcinogen, right? The main problem with nuclear radiation is that small doses can cause cancer.... but so can exposure to gasoline fumes.
Okay, speaking of fire...
When BP had that wee spill in the Gulf, they were forced by the US Govt to pay some 20 BILLION (or more) for cleanup and compensation for lost income to businesses; fishing, tourism, etc.
Is TEPCO going to pay compensation to Japanese fishermen, food producers, house owners, lost tourism, etc?
So far i've only heard that Japan's major banks are gonna LEND TEPCO about 25 BILLION to repair their network and clean up the mess at the Fukushima plant. That's 25 BILLION not being spent on people who have lost everything due the tsunami. TEPCO is something like the 5th biggest Power company in the world. So where's the money? Where's their accident insurance cover? Why do they need to BORROW 25 BILLION the first time they have an accident?
Note: BP made an immediate commitment to compensate people. I haven't heard TEPCO make any such commitment.
In fact most governments (the UK for one) make provisions that nuke power companies should not be held responsible for the costs of cleaning up after an accident, simply because they can't reasonably be expected to handle such a massive expense. This differs with greatly petroleum accidents.
Moreover, for the purposes of cleanup, BP sprayed coagulant to stop the oil surfacing, and of the oil that did surface, they collected or burnt a large proportion of it.
TEPCOs only solution so far is to spill vast amounts highly radioactive water directly into Japan's COASTAL fisheries. That pretty much shows that they have no way of dealing with radioactive waste. They had no procedure for collecting it, and are only now scrambling for a solution. They just weren't prepared for any accident.
So while oil companies are often required to spend large amounts on things like accident insurance and ready procedures for cleanup, the nuke power industry considers such things as a kind of taboo, as if it's best not even thought about.